My great-aunt made the best caramels. Although she was not especially fond of cooking, she made a few things better than anyone else. Caramels were one of her specialties that no one else in the family made. It was always a treat to visit during the winter when she often had a supply of the wax paper wrapped treats on her enclosed, unheated porch.
These are not the easiest caramels I make, but their buttery flavor is beyond delicious and so worth the little extra effort.